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Hotarubi no mori e (2011)

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Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

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Asami Imai
Taya Jun
Ayane Sakura ...
Takegawa Hotaru (voice)
Izumi Sawada ...
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Kumiko Tashiro
Koki Uchiyama ...
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Kanehira Yamamoto ...
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Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

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Ghostly Romeo and Juliet
17 November 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This 40 minute anime is about a girl who befriends a sort of youkai (Japanese spirit) and then they meet and spend their summers from then on. You get the usual magical summer, the green forest, the cicadas, the friendly youkai, the countryside grandparent and the almost absent parents and you get yourself the typical setting for so many Japanese animated stories. And while the animation was OK and the story nice and the mood a mixture of calm magic and romance, that's basically what the entire thing is. It doesn't go anywhere.

Even when the girl grows up and develops womanly feelings, they are not really explored in any way. Her character doesn't change much from since she was 6 years old and there aren't really any other characters except her and the guy. When you have unchanging characters, the only thing remaining to entertain is the mood.

So, while I enjoyed watching it, I also felt that it didn't teach anything.


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